Yesterday, I finished my short series on the family. Speaking to the family has been very helpful for our church. We dealt with husbands, wives, parents, and children. But I wanted to end the series with a defining call to live in light of the gospel in all of these relationships.
The bulk of the sermon was based out of Colossians 3:12-17, the section that precedes the family directions in the book of Colossians. I set out to apply these great gospel words, which are for everyday life, towards the family. I wanted to answer this question in the sermon: How does the fact that Jesus died on the cross for my sins affect the way I deal with others in my family? I tried to take these words as diagnostic on our family life. For instance, how would we know if we are living out of the gospel? I came up with five evidences. I am not going to go into detail of each one here (check out the notes for a complete understanding of what I meant by each one).
1. Relationships Are Aggressively Pursued (vs. 12)
2. Forgiveness Is Generously Offered (vs. 13)
3. Love Is Rightly Prioritized (vs. 14-15)
4. Truth Is Boldly Spoken (vs. 16)
5. Worship Is Visibly Seen (vs. 17)
I told everyone last week that this might well be the most important sermon I have preached since I have been here. (Although, it would be easy to say that each week). My point is that the gospel message that Jesus died in our place for our sins and rose again on the third day to show that sin and death no longer has a hold upon us is so important that it affects my relationships. It is not just a message that is to be believed and isolated to self. It is one that impacts everything about my life.
I hope the gospel means that to you. It hope it has changed your eternal destiny, but I also hope that you rely upon it every day as you parent your children; as you husband your wife; as you submit to your husband--all to the glory of God.